This easy beautiful modern faux cement pumpkin planter will raise your autumn decor game with its industrial vibe.
I like fancy pumpkin decor. But why are they so expensive?
I have seen some beautiful cement ones, but they are so heavy.
Faux cement pumpkins are super cute and so easy to make. Plus lightweight so easy to store.
I took a styrofoam pumpkin that I got at Dollar Tree and turned it into a faux cement pumpkin with a few simple materials.
In order to recreate this project, you will need a faux pumpkin.
Any kind will do. I just used a styrofoam one.
How to make faux cement paint
Squirt out some paint into a cup or onto a plate.
Sprinkle the top of the paint with baking soda and mixed together with the brush.
You want it to be a thick but spreadable paste.
If you need more baking soda add more. If you’ve added too much just add more paint.
How to paint your item to look like it is made of cement
Once you have the correct consistency simply painted over the surface of your pumpkin.
To keep it uniform looking I did all my brush strokes from the top of the pumpkin down the sides.
I ended up doing two coats over mine.
Depending on the thickness of your paint you might want to do a third.
Let each coat of paint dry completely before adding another coat.
If you don’t it will start globing up the paint.
If you have some spots that are a bit rough you can give them a light sanding to smooth them out.
Be careful not to sand too much and take the paint off.
Once your pumpkin is completely dry it’s ready to display.
How to make a faux pumpkin planter
You could also add some fall stems by just poking them into the top and make it into a planter.
I was able to easily add some stems since this was a styrofoam pumpkin.
Recognize the stems?
Some of them are from yesterday’s simple fall wreath.
If you use a different faux pumpkin you may need to pre poke some holes in order to insert some stems.
This technique is a fun way to make objects look like they are cement or ceramic.
You could use this technique on a vase or planter from the thrift or dollar store.
If you like this idea, check out my other Dollar Tree pumpkin idea.
For more decorative pumpkin ideas be sure to check out my other fall posts.
- Faux pumpkin
- Acrylic paint
- Baking Soda
- Sand paper (optional)
- Fall stems (optional)
- Pour some paint in a cup or on a plate. Sprinkle baking soda on top. Mix paint with baking soda. You want it to be a thick consistency, but still spreadable.
If you use too much baking soda it will be too think. To fix this add more paint.
If you add too much paint it will be too thin. Add more baking soda.
- Paint the pumpkin in downward strokes, starting at the stem.
- Allow the paint to dry completely. Add additional coats as needed to completely cover the pumpkin.
- After it is covered and totally dry, you can lightly sand any rough spots with fine sandpaper.
- The pumpkin is ready to display.
- Optional: to turn it into a planter simply poke stems into the top. If using a thicker faux pumpkin you may need to poke holes first with a needle or skewer before inserting the stems.